Courts in Georgia have now adopted E-Filing “to improve the overall customer experience through enhanced technology and an elevated level of efficiency.” For example, many courts have partnered with PeachCourt, a database and case management firm, which allows users to open cases and file documents in a GA online divorce from a single website from anywhere — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
PeachCourt also provides one location for attorneys and courts to search for existing cases across counties. The system streamlines the filing processes and eliminates the need to file paper documents at the clerk’s counter.
After the Georgia statutory 31-day waiting period after filing, most Georgia counties do not require a final hearing in divorces if no children are involved. In practice, 31 days after E-Filing the Hughes Law Office will file a Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings and request that the assigned Judge signs the Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce without a hearing. The Divorce Decree is usually granted and served on the parties 1-4 weeks later. Therefore, the total time for a divorce online in Cobb County or any Georgia County is about 6-8 weeks from start to finish, and the whole procedure takes place without the divorcing parties having to see their lawyer or setting foot in a courtroom. A scan of the Divorce Decree is served to the parties by email.
With E-Filing without children, there is no need to appear in Court in an uncontested divorce. If children are involved, a final hearing may be necessary depending on the assigned judge in your case. The Hughes Law offers free consultations before you get started and throughout the divorce proceedings.